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25th Annual Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale Announces Show Honors

Posted on | June 17, 2016 | No Comments

GovArtShowLogoBest of Show “In the Wings” is a collaborative piece by DeDecker and Kinkade

 

Loveland, CO – The Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale is pleased to announce the most outstanding works from this year’s show, including Best of Show, a special Award of Merit from show sponsor Western Art Collector magazine, and 10 other Awards of Merit. The work named Best In Show this year is “In the Wings,” a sculpture that was a collaborative effort between Jane DeDecker and Alyson Kinkade.

 

“The judges’ selection this year for our Best in Show award was unanimous,” reported John Kinkade, board member for the Show. “It was a surprise to have a sculpture win given that, for the last 24 years, all prior Best in Show honors have gone to painters.”

 

Jane DeDecker and Alyson Kinkade said of the award, “We are thrilled that ‘In the Wings’ won Best of Show this year. We feel the Arts are about connections, so it is exciting to us for a collaboration that celebrates sculpture and painting to have won because the Governor’s Art Show embraces both mediums and unites the community in an appreciation of Colorado’s great art so well.

 

“We set out to create a piece that embodies the synergy of collaboration; much like dance itself – the individual contributes their own part to the larger composition. The act of collaborating sets ego aside to utilize the greatest aspect of each to see the best resolution of the end product. The work is a departure for each but derivative of past works and, like all art; it is an extension of our entire history.

 

“What really sets this composition apart are the dualities throughout the piece; through color and the materials used, our method of creating, how the figures are both together and apart; the tension from these dualities draw the viewer in. It is radiant and explosive.”

 

The Western Art Collector’s Award of Merit was given to “The Nightmare,” by Nathan Solano.

 

The show also presented Awards of Merit to:

 

York commented, “I feel so fortunate to have been selected for this year’s exhibition, and to help celebrate the show’s 25-year commitment to Colorado art and artists. And of course the opportunity to share my work and talk about my process with such an engaging and supportive audience is always a joy.”

 

The 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, presented by the Thompson Valley and Loveland Rotary Clubs, celebrates 25 years of supporting Colorado artists and fundraising for local and international charities.

 

Beneficiaries of Art Sales

Funds raised through the sale of art at the Show are given to a wide variety of causes and groups, both locally and internationally, and for art scholarships for local students and Rotary Youth Leadership Camp scholarships. Local charities that received funds in the last year include Loveland CreatorSpace, House of Neighborly Service, Food Bank for Larimer County, The Growing Project, Trailblazer Foundation, Loveland Youth Gardeners, and Live-Laugh-Love-Believe, Inc. International funding has been provided for shelter boxes for Haiti, medical supplies for those in need around the world, clean water projects in Nicaragua and Burma, shoes for children in Thailand, and Rotary International’s “Stamp Out Polio” project.

 

Further Information

For a complete list of artists in the 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, including images of all the works for sale in this year’s show, to find more information on the Show’s slate of events, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.governorsartshow.org, call 970-670-0335 or email director@governorsartshow.org. Learn more at the event’s Facebook page.

25th Annual Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale Introduces its Legacy Artists Program

Posted on | April 26, 2016 | No Comments

Kim English, Quang Ho, Fritz White are first to be featured

Loveland, CO – The Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale is pleased to announce a new Legacy Artists program as part of this year’s Silver Anniversary Celebration. Each year, selected artists who have participated in the Show in years past and have works in the City of Loveland’s Art In Public Places collection will be invited back to the show as part of a special exhibit and sale of their works. Quang Ho and Kim English will have work displayed and available for sale at this year’s show, along with a display from the estate of sculptor Fritz White, during the run of the Show’s 25thExhibit at the Loveland Museum/Gallery April 24 – May 29.

“There has been an amazing wealth of talent presented over the 25 years of the Colorado Governor’s Show,” said John Kinkade, board member for the Show. “Many of our participating artists’ careers have grown beyond imagination. With that success has come busy schedules and a demand for work that is sometimes difficult for artists to fulfill. The Legacy Program was conceived to honor that success and talent, bring prestige to the Show and allow up-and-coming artists to meet and display their art with Colorado’s best. It is a winning opportunity for everyone.”

Works included in this year’s Show by these three artists are:

  • English, “September Sidewalks,” 18×18
  • Ho, “Western Skies,” 16×24
    • “Snow in Cherry Creek,” 16×24
  • White, “Wyoming,” 13.75h x 7.5w x 7.5d
    • “Sunday in Old Santa Fe,” 20.5h x 10w x 9d
    • “Jesse Tananer Rankin – Lawman,” 18h x 6.5w x 8.25d

The Show is also proud to display White’s “Grandmother’s Washday,” which will be placed by the Loveland High Plains Arts Council in the Benson Sculpture Garden this summer. It will be installed there in June, along with several other pieces, including works by Sandy Graves and Daniel Glanz, who are also part of this year’s Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale. A dedication ceremony for the new pieces will be held July 16.

“Fritz White, one of the art godfathers of the Loveland artist community, was an active Rotarian in the Thompson Valley Rotary Club,” notes Kinkade. “He was instrumental in creating the Colorado Governor’s Art Show and hosted the first two parties and his phenomenal church/studio.”

“The Show has always been a great event,” said English. “I remember doing a demonstration at one of the early shows and what a positive experience it was at that time of my art career.”

“I think that my first show was the second Governor’s Show,” recalled Ho. “I was so excited to be a part of it that I drove all the way from Mexico to participate in the Gala.”

Quang Ho is a Vietnamese-American illustrator and painter who was sponsored by a family in Denver when he emigrated to the United States with his mother and siblings. He earned a scholarship to the Colorado Institute of Art and graduated in 1985 with Best Portfolio Award. He is an educator offering painting workshops and has taught at the Denver Art Students League. His work is collected nationally and internationally, and he has been featured in Southwest Art magazine. His illustrations have also been featured in the Illustrators Annual and the Communication Arts Illustrations.

Kim English is a Colorado-based painter and educator who has taught at the Rocky Mountain School of Art, the Art Students League of Denver, and the Scottsdale Artists School. His paintings have a wide variety of subject matter but capture movement and everyday moments. He is well-known for his masterful use of light in his paintings, and he completes his paintings in one sitting, saying that immediacy is a key component of his method. His work has been widely exhibited, including the National Academy of Design, Art for the Parks, the Colorado Governor’s Invitational – Loveland Museum, and the Oil Painters of America showcase. He has also won the Certificate of Merit and the Joseph Hartley Memorial Award twice.

Sculptor Fritz White helped put Loveland on the map in the sculpture community. Originally from Ohio, White took college-level art classes when he was just 12. It was not until 1961, however, that his career in sculpture began. Like the other Legacy Artists, he was an educator and taught many courses in sculpture, including classes at the Jewish Community Center in Loveland. White was also one of the founders of the Sculpture in the Park show in Loveland, a show which has become the largest juried sculpture show in the country with over 2,000 sculptures by 160 sculptors. White passed away in 2010 but continued to work on his sculptures from home in his final days. His wife hopes that his work will continue to inspire artists, and his recognition as a Legacy Artist is one example that he continues to be an influencer.

Works by each of these three artists will be exhibited in the Green Room at the south end of the Loveland Museum/Gallery. Pieces from each will be available for purchase, and proceeds from sales will be donated to foundations supported by the Loveland and Thompson Valley Rotary Clubs.

The 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, presented by the Thompson Valley and the Loveland Rotary Clubs, celebrates 25 years of supporting Colorado artists and fundraising for local and international charities.

All art in this year’s show will be available for purchase beginning the evening of the Gala and during the run of the show. Purchase of Gala tickets includes an invitation to view the Show during a special VIP preview event April 22 at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. Gala tickets are available onlineand at the re-FINE-d Gallery, 225 E 4th Street, Loveland.

Beneficiaries of Art Sales

Funds raised through the sale of art at the Show are given to a wide variety of causes and groups, both locally and internationally, and for art scholarships for local students and Rotary Youth Leadership Camp scholarships. Local charities that received funds in the last year include Loveland Creatorspace, House of Neighborly Service, Food Bank for Larimer County, The Growing Project, Trailblazer Foundation, Loveland Youth Gardeners, and Live-Laugh-Love-Believe, Inc. International funding has been provided for shelter boxes for Haiti, medical supplies for those in need around the world, clean water projects in Nicaragua and Burma, shoes for children in Thailand, and Rotary International’s “Stamp Out Polio” project.

Further Information

For a complete list of artists in the 2016 Colorado Governor’s Art Show & Sale, including images of all the works for sale in this year’s show, to find more information on the Show’s slate of events, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.governorsartshow.org, call 970-670-0335 or email  director@governorsartshow.org. Learn more at the event’s Facebook page.

Faustson Honored at Inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Awards

Posted on | April 20, 2016 | No Comments

Arvada firm recognized for innovative work in contract manufacturing

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, emerged as the winner in the inaugural Colorado Manufacturing Awards’ contract manufacturing category. CompanyWeek noted that this, of the 10 categories the awards took nominations for, was the most difficult to judge.

“If food and beverage has become Colorado’s national manufacturing calling card, its Contract Manufacturing sector, today boasting world-class advanced fabricators in technology sectors like aerospace and bioscience, may be its future,” wrote CompanyWeek Founder Bart Taylor. “Metal 3D printing innovator Faustson Tool and its blue chip roster of clientele emerged in a close vote.”

The awards, organized and presented by CompanyWeek and Manufacturer’s Edge with CACI, the Colorado Chamber of Commerce, named 10 winners at an event last week from three nominees in each of 10 categories. The theme for this year was “Competitiveness,” with a goal to recognize market-leading, uber-competitive companies building a sustainable competitive edge. Companies transforming industries with products, process, vision, leadership, workforce, strategy, or anything that gives them an edge.

Nominees were evaluated on criteria that included business performance, product or process excellence, innovation, employee involvement, and culture. Other category winners included Modular Electronics in Aerospace & Electronics; Voormi in Lifestyle & Consumer; Mountainside Medical in Bioscience & Medical; Fresca Foods in Food & Beverage; Ska Brewing in Beer & Brewing; Colorado Malting Company in Supply Chain; Vestas in Energy & Environment; Faustson client Woodward in Industrial; and RK in Build Environment.

“It was an honor just to be nominated in such an aggressive and competitive category, but a complete shock, and one we were humbled by, to win,” said Faustson Vice President Heidi Hostetter. “We have always had the mantra that we need to be the ‘Ritz’ of our industry and we will continue to carry that mantra out. This award is validation that we’re doing what our manufacturing partners expect. To be a contract manufacturer in this day in age means you must really engage with different industries and customers and be able to pivot and adapt quickly. We hear you Colorado, and we will continue to service you to the absolute best of our abilities.”

About Faustson Tool

Faustson Tool, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. The company, founded in 1982, provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production, and efficient production of standard parts. Faustson Tool is woman owned and operated small business. For more information, visit www.faustson.com, email hhostetter@faustson.com or call (303) 420-7422.

Client news: Growth of The Nanci Garnand Team Means Better Service

Posted on | March 28, 2016 | No Comments

Let the Nanci Garnand team help you buy or sell your home

New members of the Nanci Garnand Team – clockwise, from top left, Gornall, Worthan, Bondie, Deeds

Growth of The Nanci Garnand Team Means Better Service

Bigger team, more specialties provide more bandwidth for listings and even better marketing in NoCo’s active real estate market

Loveland, CO – Nanci Garnand and RE/MAX Eagle Rock are pleased to announce the expansion of the The Nanci Garnand Team with the addition of four new members, Sarah Bondie, Dave Gornall, Emily Worthan and Sandy Deeds.

Sarah Bondie says, “I decided to join the Garnand Team after meeting with Nanci and instantly appreciating her creative, positive vision for success and her ability to encourage the success and growth of those around her.” Bondie is focused on using the best, most powerful online tools to make the Garnand Team and clients’ properties stand out as part of an unwavering, trusted internet presence. Born in Fort Collins and raised in Michigan, Sarah was glad to return to Colorado, where she met her husband, in 2004 and move back to Fort Collins in 2010. Her creative interests include designing a creating clothing and accessories for infants and children.

Emily Worthan comes to RE/MAX Eagle Rock after years working from home and raising her two children. Joining the Nanci Garnand Team as Nanci’s assistant allows her to learn more about Colorado real estate. “I decided I wanted to get back into real estate because that’s what I really enjoyed when I was actively selling in Wyoming, and now I have some extra time.” Now that her children are both in school, Worthan hopes to reinstate her Wyoming real estate license and get her Colorado license to add to the team’s capabilities as an agent.

Sandy Deeds has been a licensed real estate agent since 2000. Deeds has mentored starting agents for many years, taught at Real Estate College and been a personal assistant to several top Fort Collins agents. Her knowledge of systems coordination, contracts and lead generation make her a great addition to the Nanci Garnand Team. “I joined Nanci’s team because of the opportunities for dynamic growth in different areas of the business,” said Deeds. “I look forward to taking on new challenges in the real estate industry.”

Dave Gornall joined RE/MAX Eagle Rock in 2015 as a licensed Realtor® and member of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors®. Nanci and Gornall work together to ensure clients are taken care of promptly. Originally from Michigan, Gornall says he and his wife enjoy downtown Loveland with all the restaurants, breweries and shops, and love that they can also enjoy the outdoors. “Nature is our prescription for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and the proximity to many recreation areas provides an easy dose of it when needed.” As a new agent with RE/MAX Eagle Rock, Gornall wanted to align himself with Nanci because she is a person of integrity and a great mentor. Dave can be reached at 970-590-8891.

About Nanci Garnand
Nanci Garnand started in real estate in 1995 after a successful career as a consumer, commercial lender and private banker. Garnand strives to maintain 80 percent of her business from referrals or repeat business. For more information, call (970) 227-1327 (call or text) or email Nanci@SellsRealEstate.com. You can also connect with Nanci on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nancigarnand), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancigarnand), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/ngarnand).

About RE/MAX Eagle Rock
RE/MAX Eagle Rock in Loveland connects families to new construction, single family, luxury, and patio homes, as well as investor and commercial land and lots. Properties are often Mountain View properties, beach- or waterfront properties, or executive or luxury homes. The team at RE/MAX Eagle Rock helps clients that are looking for an exclusive home or just something in a specific area of Northern Colorado. Their staff of full-time, commercial brokers specialize in office, industrial, retail, investment, and business brokerage. Their commercial professionals’ experience and knowledge will enable you to clearly and quickly identify a course of action that delivers maximum value to your company or to your individual portfolio. Contact the RE/MAX Eagle Rock office at (970) 254-7124.

Growth of The Nanci Garnand Team Means Better Service  

Posted on | March 10, 2016 | No Comments

 

Bigger team, more specialties provide more bandwidth for listings and even better marketing in NoCo’s active real estate market

 

March 10, 2016 – Loveland, CO – Nanci Garnand and RE/MAX Eagle Rock are pleased to announce the expansion of the The Nanci Garnand Team with the addition of four new members, Sarah Bondie, Dave Gornall, Emily Worthan and Sandy Deeds.

 

Sarah Bondie says, “I decided to join the Garnand Team after meeting with Nanci and instantly appreciating her creative, positive vision for success and her ability to encourage the success and growth of those around her.” Bondie is focused on using the best, most powerful online tools to make the Garnand Team and clients’ properties stand out as part of an unwavering, trusted internet presence. Born in Fort Collins and raised in Michigan, Sarah was glad to return to Colorado, where she met her husband, in 2004 and move back to Fort Collins in 2010. Her creative interests include designing a creating clothing and accessories for infants and children.

 

Emily Worthan comes to RE/MAX Eagle Rock after years working from home and raising her two children. Joining the Nanci Garnand Team as Nanci’s assistant allows her to learn more about Colorado real estate. “I decided I wanted to get back into real estate because that’s what I really enjoyed when I was actively selling in Wyoming, and now I have some extra time.” Now that her children are both in school, Worthan hopes to reinstate her Wyoming real estate license and get her Colorado license to add to the team’s capabilities as an agent.

 

Sandy Deeds has been a licensed real estate agent since 2000. Deeds has mentored starting agents for many years, taught at Real Estate College and been a personal assistant to several top Fort Collins agents. Her knowledge of systems coordination, contracts and lead generation make her a great addition to the Nanci Garnand Team. “I joined Nanci’s team because of the opportunities for dynamic growth in different areas of the business,” said Deeds. “I look forward to taking on new challenges in the real estate industry.”

 

Dave Gornall joined RE/MAX Eagle Rock in 2015 as a licensed Realtor® and member of the Fort Collins Board of Realtors®. Nanci and Gornall work together to ensure clients are taken care of promptly. Originally from Michigan, Gornall says he and his wife enjoy downtown Loveland with all the restaurants, breweries and shops, and love that they can also enjoy the outdoors. “Nature is our prescription for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and the proximity to many recreation areas provides an easy dose of it when needed.” As a new agent with RE/MAX Eagle Rock, Gornall wanted to align himself with Nanci because she is a person of integrity and a great mentor. Dave can be reached at 970-590-8891.

 

About Nanci Garnand

Nanci Garnand started in real estate in 1995 after a successful career as a consumer, commercial lender and private banker. Garnand strives to maintain 80 percent of her business from referrals or repeat business. For more information, call (970) 227-1327 (call or text) or email Nanci@SellsRealEstate.com. You can also connect with Nanci on Twitter (https://twitter.com/nancigarnand), LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancigarnand), and Facebook (www.facebook.com/ngarnand).

 

About RE/MAX Eagle Rock

RE/MAX Eagle Rock in Loveland connects families to new construction, single family, luxury, and patio homes, as well as investor and commercial land and lots. Properties are often Mountain View properties, beach- or waterfront properties, or executive or luxury homes. The team at RE/MAX Eagle Rock helps clients that are looking for an exclusive home or just something in a specific area of Northern Colorado. Their staff of full-time, commercial brokers specialize in office, industrial, retail, investment, and business brokerage. Their commercial professionals’ experience and knowledge will enable you to clearly and quickly identify a course of action that delivers maximum value to your company or to your individual portfolio. Contact the RE/MAX Eagle Rock office at (970) 254.7124

Faustson Tool Awarded Top Prize for Innovation

Posted on | February 18, 2016 | No Comments

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Faustson Tool Awarded Top Prize for Innovation

Innovation Pavilion’ inaugural event honors leading Colorado companies

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, received the Manufacturer’s Edge Manufacturing Innovation Award at Innovation Pavilion’s inaugural Innovation Awards ceremony last week. Governor John Hickenlooper gave opening remarks for the event, which was attended by more than 350 members of Colorado’s innovation community.

In response to the honor, Faustson Vice President Heidi Hostetter said, “We couldn’t be more honored to receive this recognition. It’s truly an honor and, as noted at the awards ceremony, this is Colorado’s award; we merely accepted it. Thanks to Manufacturer’s Edge, School of Mines, OEDIT, Ball and Lockheed and certainly to all the employees of Faustson for their hard work and efforts to make these ideas a reality.”

See video of Hostetter and Faustson President Alicia Svaldi at the award ceremony here.

Faustson was nominated for its long history of leading its field in innovation. Faustson won the award for demonstrating outstanding leadership in building a practical research center in Colorado that provides testing, performance analysis, and materials knowledge for 3D metal printed parts; especially as those parts apply to aerospace and advanced manufacturing.

All nominees were evaluated by entrepreneurial community leaders and Innovation Pavilion partnership organizations. Selection criteria were based on a peer review of a company’s outstanding contribution to advancing innovation in Colorado.

About the awards ceremony, Vic Ahmed, Innovation Pavilion Founder and CEO, said “Since our founding, it has been our mission and vision to recognize and promote leaders in our entrepreneurial community. It is our honor to highlight these nominees in our newest expansion location, Parker, CO. This event has brought together leaders from every sector of our community- businesses, government, and non-profits. These productive collisions are what make Colorado such a special place that promotes problem solving, collaboration, and innovation”.

About Innovation Pavilion
Innovation Pavilion is an ecosystem of entrepreneurs where productive collisions lead to creative solutions. Located in Centennial, Colorado, Innovation Pavilion provides co-working spaces, business incubation programs, job readiness training, and a collaborative community that brings together entrepreneurs and business leaders of all shapes and sizes. For more information, visit www.innovationpavilion.com.

About Faustson Tool
Faustson Tool, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. The company, founded in 1982, provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production, and efficient production of standard parts. Faustson Tool is woman owned and operated small business. For more information, visit www.faustson.com, email hhostetter-at-faustson.com or call (303) 420-7422.

Faustson Proud Partner in $2.4 million OEDIT Grant to Establish 3D Metal Additive Center

Posted on | December 17, 2015 | No Comments

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Faustson Proud Partner in $2.4 million OEDIT Grant to Establish 3D Metal Additive Center

AIA accelerator grant for commercializati
on infrastructure puts Colorado at the forefront of 3D metal printing revolution

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, is part of a consortium receiving a $2.4 million infrastructure grant from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) as part of the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program. The group – headed by Manufacture’s Edge – will use these funds to build infrastructure to assist in 3D metal printing standardization and qualification for businesses of all sizes.

“This work is the next step in our ongoing effort to lead Colorado in 3D metal printing expertise,” said Alicia Svaldi, president of Faustson. “For thirty years, we’ve worked to be early adopters in metal machining technologies and capabilities, and we’re proud to continue that tradition.”

Other members of the consortium include Ball Aerospace, Colorado School of Mines, and Lockheed-Martin. A research and development center will be built at Mines and be dedicated to performing applied research and creating database infrastructure to qualify printers and their parts. Mines will continue ongoing research with Faustson and Concept Laser on the first U.S. Installed dual-laser 3-D metal printer at Faustson’s facility in Arvada. Work will continue in the effort to greatly reduce manufacturing times and improve precision, accuracy and precision.

Faustson VP Heidi Hostetter said, “Our team, which combines manufacturing expertise, academia, support organizations, federal expertise, and the support of the state, is poised to further Colorado’s position as a leader in cutting-edge manufacturing. We’re able to create parts that are not possible using traditional machining techniques, and this will further Colorado’s position as a leader in additive manufacturing and aerospace.”

The 3D Metal Additive center will be a member-supported research center focused on understanding the characteristics and performance of 3D printed advanced metal alloys used in advanced manufacturing industries. OEDIT contributed $2.5 million of Advanced Industries Grant funds, while founding consortium members matched that with more than $5 million in matching funds, and contributed personnel and equipment resources to create the center at the Colorado School of Mines.

The first six months of activity will focus on building specified test parts at Lockheed Martin and Faustson, analyzing the characteristics of those parts at a microscopic level at the Colorado School of Mines, and analyzing the impact of the various manufacturing processes and conditions used to create the parts. This work will continue indefinitely, beyond the time frame of the grant, as the center will be a self-sustaining center of excellence for Colorado.

At the six-month mark, Manufacturer’s Edge and the Colorado School of Mines will roll out initial membership details for companies wishing to participate in further research efforts and results. At that time, the center will expand its scope to include new alloys and manufacturing methods driven by the needs of Colorado manufacturers.

OEDIT and the Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program announced that a total of $4.350.000 has been awarded this week for infrastructure grants to assist Colorado’s high-tech industries. Infrastructure Funding Grants provide state funding to collaborative projects that will have a wide reaching industrial impact across one or more of Colorado’s Advanced Industries. Projects may provide shared working space and/or equipment, workforce training and mentorship for Colorado companies.

About the Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs

The Advanced Industries Accelerator Programs (AIA) were created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s advanced industries by driving innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early-stage capital and creating a strong infrastructure that increases the state’s capacity to be globally competitive. AIA encompasses three distinct grant programs: Proof of Concept, Early Stage Capital and Retention, and Commercialization Infrastructure.

About Faustson

Faustson, a worldwide leader in the machining industry, provides services for clients worldwide in the medical, aerospace, aeronautics, defense, semiconductor and other industries. The company, founded in 1982, provides additive manufacturing/3D metal printing, 3-, 4- and 5-axis milling and 5-axis EDM services, as well as turning capabilities for cutting-edge custom part production, and efficient production of standard parts. Faustson Tool is woman owned and operated small business. For more information, visit www.faustson.com, email hhostetter@faustson.com or call (303) 420-7422.

Denver Escape Room Celebrates Anniversary with Nov. 13 Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

Posted on | November 3, 2015 | No Comments

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Denver Escape Room Celebrates Anniversary with Nov. 13 Alzheimer’s Fundraiser

Make a break to a fun escape for a good cause

Northglenn, CO – When he set up one of the first escape room attractions in the Denver area, Brian Lacertosa had no idea it would be such a success. In its first year, Denver Escape Room earned Rookie Business of the Year and People’s Choice awards from the City of Northglenn. It has also spawned four new locations – two in Arizona and one each in California and Oregon. Lacertosa attributes the Denver Escape Room’s popularity to the great community of people who have enjoyed the mental challenge and change of pace offered by this growing attraction.

Denver Escape Room celebrates its first anniversary Friday, November 13, 2015. Although the party is free to attend, donations will be taken to fund a cause dear to the owner’s heart. Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5.1 million people worldwide, and for Lacertosa it has hit close to home, striking a dear family member.

In 2003, Lacertosa’s Uncle Rick was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of 50. The family was devastated by the news, but his aunt and uncle refused to let it be the end of their adventure. Lacertosa’s aunt and uncle spent the remaining time they had together travelling the world while Rick could still complete trips to places like Italy and Australia. Rick spent the last four years of his life in assisted living, where he passed away earlier this year.

Had it not been for his aunt’s appreciation of puzzles and adventure and her help in starting the Denver Escape Room, Lacertosa may not have seen his business come to fruition. One thing that makes the Denver Escape Room a regional destination is that it exercises participants’ minds, requiring them to flex their mental muscles to find their way out of a locked room.

Now, a year after its launch, Denver Escape Room is a popular regional spot to spend an evening with family or friends or schedule a team-building event. In memory of his uncle and in thanks for the support of his aunt, the Denver Escape Room is requesting that patrons make donations in lieu of the normal admission fee to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Colorado Chapter.

About Denver Escape Room
Denver Escape Room, with four challenging real-time, live-action mystery rooms to challenge your problem-solving skills, is located at 11674 Huron St, Suite 300, Northglenn, Colorado. For more details or to book a reservation, visit https://denverescaperoom.com/book-now/. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/denverescaperoom/.

The 7th Annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Held October 10-11 & 17-18

Posted on | October 1, 2015 | No Comments

logo-white_mediumThe 7th Annual Loveland Art Studio Tour Held October 10-11 & 17-18

Tour area studios, visit with artists, and invest in their work

Loveland, CO. – The 7th Annual Loveland Art Studio Tour will be held the second and third weekends in October. This exhibition is an exciting opportunity for community members and art collectors to see inside local artists’ studios, free of charge. The event dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 10th and 11th, and Saturday and Sunday October 17th and 18th, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

The event is designed to enhance the recognition of the art community in Loveland and allow visitors to see firsthand the quality of work being produced locally. Visitors will be able to see what artists are currently working on, and will get the first look at newly completed artwork. They will also get an inside look at aspects of the culture of the art world. Tour the studios of artists around town as well as the newly renovated ArtWorks and the new $8.9 million ArtSpace facility downtown.

There will be an opening reception for the tour held on Friday October 9, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. On September 11th, LAST hosted a Meet the Artist reception, where more than 200 community members were able to talk to participating artists about their work and studio spaces. A preview show featuring art from artists and galleries participating in the tour will run through November 1st at the Loveland Museum/Gallery.

Admission to all participating galleries is free for both weekends of the tour. Brochure map will be provided for attendants of the event helping them navigate the participating galleries and artist studios. Using the brochure map, visitors can plan their walking, biking, or driving route between galleries and studios. These brochures are now available at the Lincoln Gallery, the Loveland Museum/Gallery, local galleries, and other local businesses.

There are still opportunities for local businesses to sponsor LAST. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor as an individual or business, please contact Anna Hultin at 970.219.9506, or e-mail lovelandartstudiotour@gmail.com.

About the Loveland Art Studio Tour
Loveland Art Studio Tour, now it its seventh year, takes place over two weekends in October. The 2015 Tour dates are October 10-11 and 17-18. Artists open their galleries or studios to the public to showcase their artwork, including works in progress, and their creative process. Attendees are encouraged to walk, bike, or drive to participating galleries, get to know area artists, and support them by purchasing their work. Major sponsors include the Thompson Valley Art League, Loveland Museum/Gallery, and the City of Loveland. Learn more at http://www.lovelandartstudiotour.com/, or www.facebook.com/lovelandartstudiotour.

Helping the Lucianos Get Back on Their Feet

Posted on | May 29, 2015 | No Comments

SMC is helping a disaster recovery group share the news of the ongoing work and successes it is having in aiding those impacted by the 2013 flood in Colorado.

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UMCOR coordinates labor, resources to ensure Milliken, CO family has a safe, healthy home

Milliken, Colorado, a Weld County town of a few thousand, sits six miles east of I-25 on Colorado Highway 60. A number of local streams, the Big Thompson, Little Thompson and South Platte Rivers, and several irrigation ditches that serve the surrounding land run around and through the community.

Normally, those ditches and tributaries are a lifeline for those in this high plains agricultural area; but during the September 2013 deluge, the floodwaters flowing through them left their banks. Rivers changed course, disrupted lives, and destroyed property. For many Milliken residents, including those living in the 33-unit Evergreen Mobile Home Park, life was challenging enough. Then the flood washed away what little they had.

Andrea Luciano and her family – her mother, young sister, and three daughters – were already struggling. Andrea, a single mom, cares for her three children and infant sister while her mother, also a single parent, works to support the household. When the flood came, their home of five to six years, along with the homes of most of their neighbors in the vulnerable, low-income community, sustained significant damage.

“The biggest problem was that park residents were evacuated, and were not allowed back in for at least 10 days,” notes UMCOR Case Manager Melinda Ciricillo. That was at least in part due to safety concerns over the property, which sits in the flood plain, along with the fact that the three rivers made every bridge in town impassable, isolating all of Milliken for four to five days. “Some of the homes were moved around by the water, some were completely destroyed, and while Andrea’s stayed put, it had a lot of water that got in and just sat there.” What was left when the water receded was ruins – soaked flooring, walls, furniture, personal possessions – and the mold that inevitably followed.

The family also faced other challenges. Evergreen Mobile Home Park and the adjacent Martin Family Trailer Park provide the only low-income living situation in Milliken, where some residents have lived for 40 years. 35 homes in the two parks were destroyed, and eight were severely damaged. 200 people were evacuated, and the parks’ residents scrambled to find temporary housing of any kind. One large family was housed by the town in its new, not-yet-opened museum.

The change in the adjacent river’s course changed the floodplain itself, and their mobile home was old enough that moving it was not an option. The town considered buying the land where these homes were and turning it into a public park, without adding any other affordable housing options, and struggled to balance long-term safety and short-term disaster recovery needs. It would ultimately take four months for them to get back into their home. Emotions flared and tempers ran short.

“It really left them in limbo. They lost everything, and were facing tremendous uncertainty.” On top of all that, the family had to split up. Andrea and her three daughters found temporary living space, while Andrea’s mother and infant sister had to find separate accommodations.

“There had been a lot of activity in the immediate aftermath of the flood,” Melinda recalls. “They received some FEMA funds. In some cases they were not eligible for certain programs or funds. Volunteers came soon after the flood to muck out and clean the unit and do some repairs. She was very grateful to have the help she got; but it was clear much of the work had not been done by experienced folks. It was fine, it was safe, but it wasn’t finished.”

The result was a serviceable but incomplete living situation. Trim was missing and drywall unfinished, leaving gaps and seams that were tempting for the young Luciano children to poke, pick, and pull at. Andrea, meanwhile, was not aware that there were any other sources of assistance available to her.

That’s when a neighbor, an older gentleman who was also one of Ciricillo’s clients, stepped in. The man, who Ciricillo describes as “a patriarch of the community” told the family to contact Ciricillo through Weld Recovers to see if the UMCOR team could help.

Ciricillo opened a new case file for Andrea, and brought in Project Manager Larry Glover to visit the home and make an initial assessment. The Salvation Army, which was very active in Milliken during the early phases of the recovery process, provided just over $400 in funding for the materials needed to get the home where Glover wanted it to be. Volunteer Coordinator Deb Campbell went to work finding volunteer groups that could go to work helping the Lucianos’ lives return to normal.

Glover had noticed, during his initial walk-through, that the toilet lacked a seat, which stuck with him. “I didn’t feel right about that with the little girls living there,” he said. Later in the week, he brought and installed a new seat for them as a Christmas gift. In an odd series of events involving the theft, replacement, and return of a Christmas tree in front of a burger restaurant that was near the Weld Recovers office, Ciricillo got the family the Christmas tree the Luciano children were longing for.

The Watermark Mission team arrived from Wisconsin to tackle the long list of work, and then some. “They really went the extra mile,” notes Ciricillo. “They found that the stairs, for example, while functional, but wobbly. Even though they were serviceable, Watermark volunteers were concerned about the kids using them. Even though it was not on the work order, they took it upon themselves to fix them to make them as sturdy, solid, and long-lasting as they could be.”

Watermark team works on skirting

One crew was on site working before Christmas, and the family was making tamales as part of their Christmas meal. The Lucianos sent all of them away when the day’s work was done with a bag of fresh tamales.

“The Watermark team made a strong connection with the family,” Campbell notes. “They worked a total of 162 hours on the Luciano home.” Another task where they went above and beyond, she adds, was in replacing the door to the furnace closet. “It had been damaged and removed, and the opening was an odd size since it was in a mobile home. We didn’t have the budget to order a special size as a replacement. The Watermark team brainstormed and designed a cover out of leftover paneling, and they used that to secure the closet from tiny, curious children, while allowing access to the furnace.”

That left most things done, and a clear, short list of tasks remaining to make the Luciano residence whole once more. A volunteer team from Sunrise UMC in Colorado Springs, a church community that has played a big role in helping Northern Colorado recover from the 2013 flood, will finish that work this June, in just a couple of weeks when they make yet another trek north along the Front Range to help Northern Colorado flood victims.

“There is some additional work to be done on the exterior of the home,” notes Ciricillo. There’s some siding to be completed, and the whole home needs a coat of paint.” Andrea is picking out colors, and Melinda is optimistic that that the Weld Recovers Unmet Needs Committee will provide the $450 to purchase the paint and supplies. Sunrise UMC volunteers will then happily apply it, and, quite literally, put the finishing touches on

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